On Sunday, Charles Ashby of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel wrote up a piece on Colorado's less-than-stellar record on ethics and openness in government. A report by the Center for Public Integrity, Public Radio International and Global Integrity gave Colorado a miserable D+ in ethics.
In the article, Congressional candidate and state Rep. Sal Pace (D-Urination) was quoted praising Colorado's transparency laws, despite Pace's own struggles with ethics in government and transparency regarding his own extensive criminal record.
“There are strong transparency laws on the books in Colorado,” Pace said. “Sunshine laws require public notice for meetings and require open records for elected officials’ calendars and correspondence. The public holds awesome power, if they choose to utilize it, to keep their elected officials honest.”
Does Pace actually think he can just paper over his own embarrassing past with Common Cause platitudes?
Remember, this is the same politician who received a taxpayer funded bonus of almost $7,000 for working on the political campaign of then-Congressman John Salazar. How's that for ethics in government?
It's also the same political candidate who has a criminal record of two public urination arrests, a bench warrant for failure to appear on the second public urination arrest and a charge of felony burglary to boot.
In order to help Pace out with the idea of transparency in government, click here to see the police and court records of Pace's past brushes with the law.
Since we uncovered the felony charge, the second public urination arrest and some driving record charges last September, Pace has yet to discuss his criminal record on the record.
If you believe so much in transparency, Rep. Pace, why don't you discuss how your bad judgment in the past will make you a better member of Congress?
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